SM East wins Sunflower League golf title. SM East’s golf team put a cap on another Sunflower League title Wednesday with a strong showing at the Lawrence Invitational at Alvamar Golf Course. Though the Lancers finished second in the tournament team standings behind Washburn Rural, their 305 on the day was enough for them to easily secure their ninth straight league title. SM East’s Andy Spencer finished first in the individual standings Wednesday with a 69, and also took first place in the individual league standings. SM East actually capture the top three individual spots in the Sunflower League, with Lucas Jones and Worth Blackman finishing second and third overall, respectively. SM East’s Johnnie Norton finessed eighth overall in the individual standings. SM East will compete in regionals play Monday at Deer Creek Golf Club.
Video of SMSD graduation ceremonies available online. If you missed SM North’s or SM East’s graduation ceremonies earlier this week and want to watch a loved one or friend walk across the stage, you’re in luck: the district has posted its telecasts of all the district’s graduation ceremonies online. You can check them out here.
TV can’t get enough of the PV Happy Tree. Yesterday we published a link to Fox 4’s story on the “Happy Tree” by the Oxford Fountain island in Prairie Village. Whelp, KMBC liked the idea as well, and did their own piece on it. As far as Happy Tree stories go, this one is pretty solid. [Happy Tree brings smiles to people in Prairie Village park — KMBC]
Roeland Park to start sealing streets. Roeland Park will begin a program of sealing cracks on city streets in the next week. The work is anticipated to last two to three weeks. Roeland Park began its crack sealing program last year. Crews use a form of rubberized asphalt to fill small cracks in the street surface to prevent water from seeping in and causing premature damage to the road’s substructure. An overview of the process is available here.
SM North grad earns NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Luke Calkins, a 2010 SM North graduate who went on to dive for the University of California San Diego, has earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Calkins is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American and this season earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America status. He maintained a 3.94 grade point average in mechanical engineering. Just 174 collegiate athletes from across the country —87 males and 87 females — receive NCAA postgraduate scholarships. Calkins plans to work for Cymer, a Southern California company, for a year or two before attending graduate school. His father, John Calkins, was a collegiate fencer at Princeton. His mother Mary is a University of Kansas graduate.